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Bits & Pieces of News
from Christopher Renner

[ Crenner@ksde.org (Christopher Renner) ]

First off, I am pleased to let you know that the IS schedules are on-line for the TESOL Convention. Visit http://www.tesol.org/conv/t2001/pp/program/iss/index.htmlfor the links to each file, one per IS per day. Content area, exhibitor session, and other special session indexes will follow later.

Second: I received the following invitation to visit http://www.la-escuela.org/ . They are a bilingual English-Spanish Institution and would really like to share their small treasures with you: their language and culture, their teaching experience and , why not , their geography. This is from Prof. Lidia Alonso de Bibiloni, Director.

Our latest Resource Guides Online are "Dialects in Education" at http://www.cal.org/ericcll/faqs/rgos/dialects.html and "Foreign Language Standards" at http://www.cal.org/ericcll/faqs/rgos/flstandards.html. Experts in both areas collaborated with ERIC/CLL to produce these guides to publications, Web sites, listservs, conferences, and other resources on the Web.

A new brochure, "Working Together to Create a Multilingual Society," is available from ERIC/CLL by sending an email message to eric@cal.org or by contacting us at 1-800-276-9834. This brochure can also be ordered as part of an information packet for school board members that also includes our parent brochure, "Why, How, and When Should My Child Learn a Second Language," and a brochure describing the seven model programs detailed in "Lessons Learned: Model Early Foreign Language Programs."

The ERIC Clearinghouse on Teaching and Teacher Education (ERIC/SP) has added a new section to its Web site. "Online Publications" at http://www.ericsp.org/digests/WebPubs.html offers full-text papers and reports that address topics relevant to teaching and teacher education, including technology, teacher education and recruitment, professional development, and standards and assessment.

New publications from Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) include "Internet for English Teaching," "Technology-Enhanced Learning Environments," and "Integrating the ESL Standards into Classroom Practice." Order from TESOL at http://www.tesol.org/pubs/index.html or 703-836-0774 (telephone), 703-836-7864 (fax).


February 20-24. National Association for Bilingual Education annual conference, Phenix, AZ. Register for the conference at http://www.expocard.com/shows/ble011.

February 24-27. American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) annual conference, St. Lluis MO. More information is available from AAAL at: http://www.aaal.org/.

February 27-March 3. Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) annual conference, St. Louis, MO. Contact TESOL at http://www.tesol.org/ for the preliminary program and other additional information.

May 17-19. Building on our Strengths: Second International Conference on Language Teacher Education, Minneapolis, MN. For information, visit http://carla.acad.umn.edu/conference2001/CALLFORPAPERS.html.

June 18-August 17. CARLA Summer Institutes 2001. Sessions will include "Meeting the Challenges of Immersion Education," "Developing Materials for Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs)," "Developing Assessments for the Second Language Classroom," and "Technology in the Second Language Classroom." For additional information, email the CARLA office at carla@tc.umn.edu.